Leona, The Radiant Dawn is a tanky initiator mostly played as a support in the bot lane.

She has a strong ability to set up kills with her wealth of crowd control effects and her passive, which creates a seal capable of being activated for extra on-hit damage. Leona is excellent at starting fights with both her Zenith Blade and Solar Flare.

She also becomes relatively tanky without many items due to Eclipse, which grants a massive armor and magic resistance buff.

If you would shine like a sun, first you must burn like one.

Imbued with the fire of the sun, Leona is a warrior templar of the Solari who defends Mount Targon with her Zenith Bladand Shield of Daybreak. Her skin shimmers with starfire while her eyes burn with the power of the celestial Aspect within her. Armored in gold and bearing a terrible burden of ancient knowledge, Leona brings enlightenment to some, death to others.

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On the upper slopes of Mount Targon, the warriors of Rakkor live and breathe only for war. However, Targon’s peak is reserved for a special group of Rakkoran who answer to a higher calling. Members of this group, called the Solari, retire their mantles of war, choosing instead to devote their lives to reverence of the sun. According to legend, the Solari were formed by a warrior who could call the raw might of the sun down upon his enemies in combat. He claimed Mount Targon’s summit, the point on Valoran closest to the sun, for his solar devotion, a tradition which generations of Solari have preserved to this day. Though they maintain their reverence, no other warrior possessed the gifts of the founder — until Leona.

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Leona’s parents were traditional Rakkorans, both bred for the heat of battle. To them, Leona was a problem child.

leona-awesome-cosplayShe was capable of fighting as fiercely as any other — including her childhood friend, Pantheon — but she did not share their zeal for killing. She believed that the true worth of a soldier lay in her ability to defend and protect.

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When it came time for her Rite of Kor, a ceremony in which two Rakkoran teens battle to the death for the right to bear a relic-weapon, Leona refused to fight. For this, the Rakkoran leaders ordered her execution, but when they tried to strike the fatal blow, sunlight burst forth, bathing Mount Targon in light. As it faded, Leona stood unharmed and her executioners lay unconscious around her.

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The Solari immediately claimed Leona, demanding that her sentence be repealed. She donned the golden armor of the Solari and they bestowed upon her the sword and shield passed down from the ancient sun-warrior of legend. The Solari helped Leona focus her abilities, and when she was ready she left to join the League of Legends.

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